[This article on PAWS’ efforts to help Iran refugee dogs is from Lynnwood Today. For more information on the proposed Iranian dog ban, check out this NPR article.]
By Mike Murphy
A proposed ban on all pet dogs in Iran had led to some new, adoptable dogs at the PAWS animal shelter in north Lynnwood.
So far, PAWS has taken in two of these endangered animals and expects to receive even more in the near future.
One of the rescues is a Border Collie mix from Tehran named Shabnem. Staffers say she was frightened upon arrival but is now getting more comfortable. You can watch video of her arrival below.
“She actually has a couple of doggie friends she plays with,” said Lisa Hockins, shelter manager. “She’s even starting to warm up to the volunteers.”
A second dog from Iran arrived at PAWS Tuesday night.
“Our commitment will always be to serving our local communities, but the strength of our donors and an amazing volunteer corps allows us to lend a hand during this crisis,” said Kay Joubert, director of companion animal services.
Anyone who’s interested in adopting either dog can fill out an application and schedule a visit.